U.S. News & World Report Names UA Medical Center Among Best in Nation

The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in its 25th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients.

University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus has been ranked among the best hospitals in the nation in Geriatrics and as the best hospital in metro Tucson and in Southeastern Arizona by U.S. News & World Report magazine.

The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in its 25th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients.

U.S. News also ranked UAMC as “high performing” in the following medical specialties:

• Cancer
• Cardiology and Heart Surgery
• Diabetes and Endocrinology
• Ear, Nose & Throat
• Gastroenterology & GI Surgery
• Gynecology
• Nephrology
• Neurology and Neurosurgery
• Orthopedics
• Pulmonology
• Urology

“I congratulate our physicians and staff, whose expertise and care have once again earned this academic medical center a spot among the best hospitals in the state and nation,” said Karen Mlawsky, CEO of the Hospital Division of the University of Arizona Health Network.

For 2014-15, U.S. News evaluated hospitals in 16 adult specialties and ranked the top 50 in most of the specialties. Just 3 percent of the nearly 5,000 hospitals  analyzed for Best Hospitals 2014-15 earned national ranking in even one specialty.

U.S. News also recognizes hospitals that perform nearly at the level of their nationally ranked peers and represent valuable regional sources of quality care.

“The data tell the story – a hospital that emerged from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of,” says U.S. News health rankings editor, Avery Comarow. “A Best Hospital has demonstrated its expertise in treating the most challenging patients.”

U.S. News publishes Best Hospitals to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition or extra risk because of age or multiple health problems. Objective measures, such as patient survival and safety data, adequacy of nurse staffing levels and other data, largely determined the rankings in most specialties.

The specialty rankings and data were produced for U.S. News by RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Using the same data, U.S. News produced the state and metro rankings.

The rankings are freely available at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals and will appear in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2015” guidebook, available in August.